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Orientation requirements

All students must complete an orientation before commencing a placement within a Queensland Hospital and Health Service (HHS) facility. Once the orientation has been completed, the Student Orientation Checklist and Student Deed Poll must be signed, completed and provided to the university or registered training organisation (RTO) placement coordinator. If you are an international student (externally enrolled scholar), you must sign the Overseas Student Deed Poll

Queensland Health reserves the right to request proof of the completed orientation at any time from the education provider. The education provider's placement coordinator must also advise the relevant HHS facility if a student has not completed the orientation as they will not be able to start their placement until this is done.

Blue card

Blue cards are issued by the Public Safety Business Agency. Your education provider placement coordinator should be able to advise if you are required to provide health services to children as part of your placement and whether you are required to apply for a blue card. Should you be required to apply, your education provider must organise the blue card for you. Please talk to your placement coordinator if you have any questions.

Criminal history checks

Health professional students, who as part of their studies through an education provider undertake clinical placements within a HHS facility are required to undergo a criminal history check when the expected combined duration of their placements will exceed three months.

For further information, please refer to the Queensland Health policy on Criminal History Checks Criminal History Checking HR Policy B40 (PDF, 243kB).

General criminal history check

Your HHS supervisor will organise this general criminal history check if your clinical placement will be longer than three months.

Please note that if you already have a current student blue card, this check is not required. Please inform your HHS supervisor and provide them with a copy of your blue card.

Aged care criminal histroy check

If your placement is in an aged care facility, your placement coordinator will organise an Aged Care criminal history check prior to the start of your placement as you will not be able to start until you have received a positive notice.

Please note that if you already have a current student blue card, this check is not required. Please inform your Queensland Hospital and Health Service supervisor and provide them with a copy of your blue card.

Corrective Services criminal history check

Your HHS supervisor will organise this Corrective Services criminal histroy check if your placement is with the Offender Health Services Branch or you will be providing health services in a Queensland Corrective Services facility.

Code of Conduct (employment terms)

The Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service applies to all permanent, temporary, full-time, part-time or casual Queensland Health employees, volunteers, students, contractors, consultants and anyone who works in any other capacity for Queensland Health. The Code reflects four ethics principles:

  1. Integrity and impartiality.
  2. Promoting the public good.
  3. Commitment to the system of government.
  4. Accountability and transparency.

Please read the Code of Conduct (PDF 140kB) for more information.

National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (Queensland)

The National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (Queensland) (Queensland Code) applies to health care workers who are:

  • not required to be registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (including de-registered health practitioners)
  • registered health practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and who provide health services that are unrelated to their registration.

In Queensland, a health service is as defined in Section 7 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013.

The Queensland Code also applies to students meeting the above criteria.

Please ensure that you are aware of your obligations: review the Queensland Codeand supporting documents.

Cultural diversity

The following documents will assist you in providing culturally appropriate health services:

Immunisation and infection prevention

Queensland Health may restrict or deny access to their HHS facilities if a student does not meet the immunisation and infection control requirements.

All students need to have completed the full course of hepatitis B vaccination before starting a clinical placement. You will need to provide evidence of this or proof that you are not susceptible to hepatitis B. Evidence includes:

  • Vaccine record book with details of vaccine given and clinic attended
  • Pathology testing results showing a positive anti-HB (greater than or equal to 10IU/L)
  • A letter from a medical officer, infection control practitioner, occupational health department or vaccine service provider with details of vaccination given or a statement that the individual is not susceptible to hepatitis B.

The Guideline Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Infected Healthcare Workers (PDF, 342kB) outlines the serological testing for HIV, HBV and HCV and the responsibilities of infected healthcare workers (including students) who are about to commence ‘exposure prone procedures’.

Read more about the Hep B requirements for students

All students need to be aware of and comply with Queensland Health's policies and guidelines related to infection prevention to ensure their own personal safety and that of patients and staff. This includes information about standard precautions, sharps safety and broader infection management advice.

Other recommended vaccinations
On the basis of documented transmission in health care facilities, health care workers (including students) are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting Hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, and varicella (chickenpox). All of these diseases are vaccine preventable. While hepatitis B vaccination is a condition of employment, screening for and if necessary vaccination against the following diseases is recommended in the current edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th edition 2013:

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Influenza
  • Tuberculosis (Mantoux test and chest x-ray)
  • Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough).

Occupational health and safety

Prior to commencing a placement, students are required to access the Learning Education Online (LEO) platform and sign up as a student. Once they have registered, students are automatically enrolled in the following four mandatory courses which must be completed prior to commencing a clinical placement:

  • Work Health and Safety Induction
  • First-Response Evacuation Instructions
  • Occupational Violence Prevention Fundamentals
  • Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

Certificates of completion will be issued at the end of the training and must be provided to the HHS supervisor.

Please note that you will also be required to complete further local training (e.g. local site induction) once you commence your placement. Your supervisor will assess any additional training need requirements.

Privacy, confidentiality and documentation

Patient trust is critical to providing high quality healthcare. As a student, you will have access to identifying information and Queensland Health places a very high importance on maintaining patient confidentiality and protecting their privacy.

Privacy

The Queensland Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (PDF, 1MB) sets out access and amendment provisions for non-personal information held by Queensland Government departments.

Confidentiality

Queensland Health is bound by strict obligations in relation to the disclosure of patient identifying information. For more information, refer to Part 7 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (Qld) (PDF, 918KB).

Persons being educated or trained at a public sector health service facility as part of the requirements for the following are bound by that legislation:

  • Registration, enrolment or other authorisation (however described) to practice as a health professional
  • Completion of a course of study qualifying a person for registration, enrolment or authorisation mentioned in (1).

Any disclosure of patient identifying information can only be permitted where one of the limited exceptions to our duty of confidentiality permits such disclosure. Once bound, you will not be indemnified for confidentiality breaches. Failure to comply with the confidentiality obligations may result in termination of your placement and/or further legal action being taken against you by Queensland Health and/or the education provider.

Documentation

Good clinical documentation is an integral part of patient care. Further information will be provided to you by your HHS supervisor when you start your placement.

 

Privacy, confidentiality and documentation

Patient trust is critical to providing high quality healthcare. As a student, you will have access to identifying information and Queensland Health places a very high importance on maintaining patient confidentiality and protecting their privacy.

Privacy

The Queensland Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) (PDF, 1MB) sets out access and amendment provisions for non-personal information held by Queensland Government departments.

Confidentiality

Queensland Health is bound by strict obligations in relation to the disclosure of patient identifying information. For more information, refer to Part 7 of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (Qld) (PDF, 918KB).

Persons being educated or trained at a public sector health service facility as part of the requirements for the following are bound by that legislation:

  • Registration, enrolment or other authorisation (however described) to practice as a health professional
  • Completion of a course of study qualifying a person for registration, enrolment or authorisation mentioned in (1).

Any disclosure of patient identifying information can only be permitted where one of the limited exceptions to our duty of confidentiality permits such disclosure. Once bound, you will not be indemnified for confidentiality breaches. Failure to comply with the confidentiality obligations may result in termination of your placement and/or further legal action being taken against you by Queensland Health and/or the education provider.

Documentation

Good clinical documentation is an integral part of patient care. Further information will be provided to you by your HHS supervisor when you start your placement.

Last updated: 6 July 2015